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What Is UV DTF Printing?

What is UV DTF Printing

What Is UV DTF Printing?

UV (Ultraviolet) DTF printing is an innovative printing process that utilizes ultraviolet curing technology to print designs on transfer films which would then be transferred onto hard and irregular-shaped substrates by pressing down with fingers and then peeling off the film.

UV DTF printing is a highly flexible printing technique; it can be helpful if you want to print or edit menus for restaurant menus, print logos on household electrical appliances, and so much more. Furthermore, you can customize objects with any logo you want with UV printing. It is also suitable for outdoor objects as they are durable and resistant to scratch and wear over time.

How Does UV DTF Printing Work?

  • Step 1: Print design on transfer film
  • Step 2: Cure the film to stick film “A”(where the design is printed on) with film “B”(on the front of the designs) with a laminating machine (There are also printers, Aries 113 for instance, integrates printing and laminating into single device to handle all process which require no laminators.)
  • Step 3: Cut out your required design and peel off film “A” to stick the transfer film firmly onto substrate.
  • Step 4: Peel off film “B” after few seconds.

What Are Suitable Substrates for UV DTF Printing?

UV DTF printing is versatile due to the type of surfaces the designs can go on, such as metal, leather, wood, paper, plastic, ceramic, glass, etc. It can even be transferred onto irregular and curved surfaces. It is also possible to transfer designs when the object is underwater.

What Are The Advantages of UV DTF Printing?

Although there are many other printing techniques which has been used to produce stickers, for example, HTV (heat transfer vinyl), DTF, and sublimation, UV DTF is considered as the best solution for sticker printing for some of the most obvious reasons.

  • Eliminates Use of Heat Press: HTV, DTF and sublimation all require a heat press to complete heat transfer process which not only increases the input costs but also make the process bit complex,
  • Perfect for Uneven Surfaces: As UV DTF sticker requires no heat press, it could be used in all kinds of hard-to-reach/awkward substrate surfaces for another printing techniques including uneven, cylindrical or conical surfaces.
  • Vibrant Color & Fine Details: Like DTF or sublimation, UV DTF allows for high resolution images and generates images with vibrant colors and photo-realistic prints.
  • Super Versatile: UV DTF printers including Aries 113 are usually designed to perform white, color and varnish printing synchronous. This not only guarantees color-rich prints but also provides embossed effects especially for 3D designs.
  • Strong Adhesion: UV/DTF printer offers better adhesion than any previous technology, ensuring that your designs remain intact and vibrant on various surfaces.
  • Minimal Manual Processes: Analog technologies like silk screen printing or vinyl cutting require step-after-step work with multiple machines. UV DTF printing eliminates the concept of registration marks, cleaning booths, large scale hazardous waste disposal and so much more.
  • Streamlined Process: UV DTF printer eliminates the need for multiple steps involved in traditional methods such as print and cut. With this printer, you can simplify your workflow, reducing the time and effort required to produce high-quality adhesive transfers.
  • Faster Output: As UV DTF requires no masking or weeding work, its production speed is much faster than other printing technology.
  • Environmental Friendly: Compared with silk screen printing, UV DTF eliminates need for messy or large scale hazardous materials.

What Do You Need To Start UV DTF Printing?

  • UV DTF Printer: A special printer equipped with an LED UV lamp to print designs onto substrate or UVDTF transfer film.
  • Laminator: The machine to adhere the “A” film to the “B” film. (There are also printers like Aries 113 trying to make things simple and having printing and laminating done in one compact device.)
  • Film A: Where the designs are printed on and it is also the back of the design.
  • Film B: The film to cover the designs during curing process (also the front cover on design).
  • UV Ink: UV light curing ink includes CMYK+W and varnish.

To learn more about UV DTF printing, please click to check our newly launched Aries 113 UV DTF Printer.


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